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Sweets & Snacks Expo: just-food's pick

Busier lifestyles and a growing awareness of how diet can affect health has prompted a big shift in the way US consumers eat. This has been...

Focus: Why Dairy Crest needs to offload dairies

Dairy Crest chief executive Mark Allen said today (21 May) he is "confident" the group's disposal of its struggling dairies business to Mull...

Premier Foods to push on with range revamp

Rationalisation of SKUs and innovation will continue to form a big part of Premier Foods plc's focus for 2015, CEO Gavin Darby has said....

What could lie ahead for new Cloetta CEO?

Cloetta CEO Bengt Baron is handing the reins to the boss of its Finnish unit, David Nuutinen, after six years at the top of the European con...


just-food's pick: Consumer trends driving innovation on show at SIAL China 14 May 2015

Katy Askew

China's massive population base – of roughly 1.4bn consumers – rising urbanisation and an expanding middle class make it one of the most prized markets for international food manufacturers. But the competition to get noticed in this massive market is intense. Nowhere was this more evident than at this year's SIAL China trade show.


In the spotlight: Can national milk brand revitalise Dean Foods? 11 May 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Dean Foods this week announced it was bringing its 31 fluid milk brands under one label - DairyPure - and appears to be pushing the latest "hormone-free" trend in its marketing. But, after two quarters of falling profits, and fluid milk still unfavourable with US consumers, is the move enough to put it back on the road to recovery? Hannah Abdulla reports.


Building value in liquid milk: a four-point plan 11 May 2015

Katy Askew

Liquid milk is not a category that benefits from significant added value. While milk is on the shopping list, generally speaking, it is not an area where consumers are engaged and brands are valued. Here is just-food's four-point plan for adding value to the milk category.


What Sainsbury's numbers mean for suppliers 7 May 2015

Hannah Abdulla

The annual results from UK grocer Sainsbury's have underlined the pressure mainstream supermarkets in the country are facing as discounters continue to gain market share.


BRICs and beyond: Quality, innovation driving Chinese milk market 6 May 2015

Jens Kastner

Chinese dairy companies dominate the country's highly consolidated liquid milk sector. A focus on quality and innovation is driving growing sales in the market as milk continues to emerge from the long shadow of the 2008 melamine scandal. But international firms – and most significantly imported milk – do have a role to play in shaping the future of China's milk market. Jens Kastner reports.


BRICs and beyond: India's dairy dilemma: cold chain or UHT? 29 Apr 2015

Mini Pant Zachariah

Dairy and energy sector experts are optimistic about effective cold chain solutions they say are being developed for India’s dairy sector. Speakers at a two-day seminar on New Technologies for Milk Processing, staged in Mumbai at the India International Dairy Expo last week, were upbeat on the technological advances being made in the field. However, some experts argue that India's dairy needs would be better met through an increased focus on less perishable, long-life products such as UHT. Mini Pant Zachariah reports.


On the move: Why China was central to Nestle executive change 28 Apr 2015

Dean Best

Nestle's operations in Asia, Oceania and Africa have had a challenging few quarters. CFO Wan Ling Martello has been asked to take charge of the division to try to revitalise its performance - and must focus on China.


On the money: Hershey's long-term confidence on China 24 Apr 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Confectionery giant Hershey saw sales in China come under pressure in the first quarter of 2015, a result of the government crackdown on gifting and macro-economic factors in the country. Hershey does not expect to turn this around soon, but insists it is putting the "right" things in place to secure its long-term growth in China. Hannah Abdulla reports.


M&A Watch: Nomad's post-Iglo opportunities 23 Apr 2015

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden

Nomad Holdings, the recently-established, UK-listed company set up by FMCG veterans Martin Franklin and Noam Gottesman to buy consumer goods firms, made its first move this week with the acquisition of European frozen food supplier Iglo Group. Stefan Kirk, just-food M&A columnist and advisor at Glenboden, weighs up where Nomad could move next.


Focus: Can Arla jump-start flavoured milk? 22 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

Arla Foods is looking at adding value to the UK liquid milk sector in a variety of ways, as shown by the product news it announced this week. As part of these efforts, the dairy giant is hoping to capitalise on the "macro-trends" shaping demand in the UK in order to kick-start "stalled" flavoured milk sales in the UK. Will the company's efforts pay off? Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: France's big step to uniform FOP labels 17 Apr 2015

Ben Cooper

France's new health bill, which subject to two further votes could be ratified later this year, includes provision for a voluntary colour-coded front-of-pack nutritional labelling scheme. The debate this has sparked, Ben Cooper writes, mirrors closely that seen in the UK, with food manufacturers sternly opposed to the use of colours.


What the analysts say: Analysts spot underlying issues at Nestle 17 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

Nestle beat expectations when it delivered organic sales growth of 4.4% for the first quarter this morning (17 April). However, many analysts have pointed to disappointing real internal growth – which strips out pricing – and continued sales issues at various units, including US frozen and milk and ice cream products.


Focus: How will Flowers grow in organic, speciality bread? 16 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

US baker Flowers Foods has typically increased sales by focusing on regional growth. During the group's investor day in New York this week, it was made clear extending its geographic reach in the US will remain a key strategic pillar. However, the company has also set its sights on growing share in on-trend areas such as organic, speciality and breakfast items.


What the analysts say: Danone lifted by sales beat, concerns linger 15 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

Shares in Danone edged up in Paris today, reflecting a cautiously optimistic response from the market and the hope the French group could finally have come to grips with some of the challenges that weighed in 2014. However, the verdict on Danone's fresh dairy business was mixed and concern over the struggling unit lingers.


just-food's pick: Top ten on-trend products at IFE 2015 2 Apr 2015

Dean Best

UK trade expo IFE has become a key date for smaller, domestic companies looking to build distribution at home and further afield - and gives international businesses a chance to increase awareness of their wares here. Last week, just-food visited this year's event at the ExCel centre in London's Docklands and chose the products it feels could carve out a niche.


In the spotlight: Aryzta's surprise investment in French retailer Picard 1 Apr 2015

Dean Best

Bakery giant Aryzta got the market speculating over its next move when, just a week ago, it announced plans to sell shares in Ireland-based agribusiness Origin Enterprises. But what has been the reaction to its planned investment in French frozen food retailer Picard?


M&A Watch: Where could pure-play Wessanen pounce? 31 Mar 2015

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden

After selling US drinks business American Beverage Corporation earlier this month, Dutch food group Wessanen has completed its plans to be a pure-play healthy and sustainable foods group. Our M&A columnist Stefan Kirk says Wessanen has the balance sheet to make more acquisitions in food and surveys the market for targets.


On the move: The challenges awaiting ConAgra's new CEO 27 Mar 2015

Katy Askew

ConAgra Foods' third-quarter numbers were of the 'not as bad as feared' variety. That said, they were still not very good. A host of challenges lie ahead for CEO-elect Sean Connolly and he will need to find answers to big picture questions – particularly surrounding the group's private label unit – in the weeks and months to come. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: Can Mars challenge Mondelez, Nestle dominance in Indian chocolate? 27 Mar 2015

Katy Askew

Mars Inc plans to step up investment in the Indian chocolate sector by investing in local production. The Indian chocolate market is dominated by Mondelez International-owned Cadbury, with Nestle becoming a somewhat distant second. With strong growth in demand and a growing tendency for consumers to trade up to higher-margin products, could Mars' push in India challenge the established players in the market?


In the spotlight: Is Heinz, Kraft merger "a growth story"? 25 Mar 2015

Katy Askew

This morning's (25 March) news HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group have inked a definitive merger agreement sent shockwaves through the US food sector. But, when the dust settles, what are we likely to see from the enlarged Kraft Heinz Co.? Katy Askew investigates.


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